Irish boys names?

(52 Posts)
mmgirish Thu 10-Jul-14 09:43:32

Hi,
I'm having a boy and although we could think of lots of lovely girls names we are getting stuck on boys names now that we know what we're having. We would like a nice Irish name, any suggestions??
Cheers,

Havinganose Thu 10-Jul-14 09:46:41

Darragh

goodtimesinbontemps Thu 10-Jul-14 09:47:07

Cian
Odhran
Oisin
Rian
Darragh
Niall
Ronan
Ruairi
Daithi
Senan
Sean

They are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Flywheel Thu 10-Jul-14 09:47:53

Cillian / Killian
Cian / Kian
Conall
Manus
Eamonn
Aidan

All names I considered for ds

OrangeyTulips Thu 10-Jul-14 09:48:01

Lorcan

LokiTheCynicalCat Thu 10-Jul-14 10:01:01

Here are a few off the top of my head. I've put the English translation beside them so if you like the look of a name you can see if you have a relative or family name that would tie in with it. My son is called an Irish version of his grandfather's name.

Finn (either as a name alone or shortened from Finbarr or Fintan)
Lorcan
Cathal, Searlaí (Charles and Charlie)
Daithi (David)
Liam (William)
Tomás (Thomas obviously)
Seán (John)
Colum
Eoin (Owen, John)
Seamus (James)
Oscar
Oisin (pronounced Ush-een)
Seóirse (George)
Pádraig (Patrick)
Diarmuid (Dermot, but I like Diarmuid a lot more!)

ShovettyMcShovetty Thu 10-Jul-14 10:39:40

I like:

Patrick / Padraig
Dermott / Diarmuid
Aiden
Eoin / Owen
Fergus
Finbarr
Eamonn

PomPomPingPong Thu 10-Jul-14 11:21:06

Faolán

Tiernan

scarletforya Thu 10-Jul-14 11:28:06

Tadhg

mmgirish Thu 10-Jul-14 12:07:45

Wow, thanks girls. That was way more than we could come up with. Cheers for that!

NigellasDealer Thu 10-Jul-14 12:08:50

Patrick

Sophronia Thu 10-Jul-14 12:30:11

Darragh
Colm
Oisin
Jarlath
Enda
Malachy
Fionn

Zara8 Thu 10-Jul-14 12:34:14

Would also add
Ciaran
Donncha
Colm
Fintan
Ruadhan

Devlin
Brendan

Strokethefurrywall Thu 10-Jul-14 14:29:35

16 week old DS2 is Sullivan, born on St. Patrick's Day! Have had nothing but compliments on his name.

BlueKarou Thu 10-Jul-14 14:55:12

I know an awesome little boy named Cormac

Gingerjv Thu 10-Jul-14 19:52:36

I really love Killian!

Inkspellme Thu 10-Jul-14 20:00:07

Finnbar
Liam (nothing to do with William at all - from the old Irish name Ulliam)
Fergal
Fergus
Conor
Cathal
Shane

florascotia Thu 10-Jul-14 21:48:28

(Professor) L Todd, Celtic Names for Children, Dublin 2000 p135:
"Liam is the Irish form of William"
and
"Uilliam is occasionally used as an Irish form of William, but Liam is preferred".

I'm Scottish, so what do I know, but Prof Todd is, as we Scots would say, 'weel-respectit'.

The Scottish Gaelic for William is Uilleam: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uilleam

See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_%28name%29

Johnogroats Thu 10-Jul-14 21:52:31

Fearghal. I know a very English Fearghal with a very Irish twinkle in his eye.

grocklebox Fri 11-Jul-14 00:10:20

Cilllian. If you use a K it isn't an Irish name!

maggiethemagpie Fri 11-Jul-14 12:27:19

Love malachy!

weatherall Fri 11-Jul-14 13:03:48

Sean
Seamus
Shane
Liam
Connor
Kian
Tiernan
Tierney
Malachi/y
Kevin
Michael
Ronan
Ultan
Tomas
Sorley
Ruairi
Ryan
Pol
Peadar
Oran
Neil
Lorcan
Manus
Garret
Fergal
Egan
Emmet
Douglas
Declan
Dermot
Cole
Ciaran
Brendan
Alastair
Albany
Ardal
Austin
Becan
Cairbre
Cashlin
Coilin
Dahy
Keelin
Tadgh
Shannon
Owen
Niall
Murphy
Meyler
Miach
Lucan
Kyras
Kelly
Hiero

These are all genuine names from an Irish baby name book.

TalcumPowder Fri 11-Jul-14 18:17:00

Weatherall, several of those don't ring true at all. I find that quite a few 'Irish baby name' books and websites are badly-researched and American.

'Hiero' is Greek, for a start, Kian is an Anglicisation of the name 'Cian' (no letter K in Irish, which also rules out 'Kyras'), and Murphy is a surname that is sometimes used as a first name by Irish Americans, but would stick out as odd and culturally-off in Ireland.

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